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Hi everyone, this is Sebastian.
Maybe some of you are interested in the deck that took this years Stahleck Joust, going 12-2. First I have to say, that the deck was built by my friend and teammate Niki (YuleOoze) so honestly all the credits to the construction go to him. The knowledge profit my be limited, because this was probably the last major tournament without the new Targ box, but I will share some of our thoughts during the preparation for the event. The weeks before the tournament we were building and testing lots of decks. After the restriction of Dorne was canceled, I was focused on Martell, whereas Niki tried to make his last years Top 32 Stahleck Deck (Lanni-Dragon) work again. But the more games we had under our belt, we agreed that we wanted to play a versatile goodstuff deck that had good matchups against SoB, Bara Qohor and NW Steel (those were the Decks we expected to be very popular) and was not hopeless against Shadow. And so the idea to play House Stark was born. We tested different agendas, because I wanted to abuse the card drawing potential of Valyrian Steel, but Niki concentrated pretty fast on Fealty and he was right about it. The Deck draws so many cards with Wyman anyway, the bonus Econ makes it very reliable and because of not playing 75 cards you can find your key cards much easier right from the start.
I will just give you a few thoughts about some not so obvious card and plot choices.
Rickon: We absolutely wanted play him three times (along with his slighly larger brother) and he was a real MVP of the Deck beeing so incredibly good against Qohor, SoB, Gifts for the widow, everybody opening with At the Gates... The list is endless.
Fat Cat: The main reason that drew us to the big old lady of Winterfell was, that she was Yoren proof. In general all the key characters of the deck cost 6 or more and therefore can´t be stolen by the annoying crow. Almost all of the middle prized characters are one offs or not unique, so you will not draw dead cards even if one gets taken by the opponent. Fatty Catty also gives you a good way to win on a crowded board or outrace the Wall by gaining passive power.
Arya´s Gift: A way to bring the deck in real trouble is an early Milk of the Poppy on one of your big guys, especially the almighty Wyman Manderly so we wanted to have a way to get rid of it. In times of Valyrian Steel it was a good inclusion anyway and even against Shadow it can move a Pinch of Powder.
Winter Festival: When Niki showed me the list, I was like "there has to be something better", but I am very glad that I recognized during testing that I was wrong. We wanted to play a secound Winter Plot besides the obvious Barring, to let us trigger stuff during our own Winterfell activations and it was definetly the right choice. In 14 games I got the bonus Power 13 times and the two Power advantage is huge in a deck that can generate power very fast, putting pressure on the opponent and forcing him to play a reset.
Wildfire Assault: So this was the reset of our choice for several reasons. If the opposing board gets overloaded, it will get hard for you to push through your power challenges. Moreover it is another option (besides Return to the field) to trigger Fat Cat during the plot phase, collecting the last two power. The most important reason was, that it is the ideal counter to the omnipresent Return to the fields and can really punish your opponents playing YWOYD into Return.
So I will not bore you with plays from all 14 rounds since this is getting longer and longer, but since it was recorded, I would like to say a few things about the final against JCWamma. Firstly I have no idea if I would have been able to beat him, if he would´t have had the worst draw that is imaginable. Probably not. I was so far ahead from the start that I didn´t ask myself "how can I win it" but "how can I possibly lose this one". This was the reason I did not play Nightmares on Wammas Gates of the Moon during plot 3 as it was recommended by the commentators. Maybe it was a bit hard to see, but James had a card in Shadow and I assumed it to be Janos Slynt. This meant that he would be able to win a challenge in the offense, to fire his Bound for the Wall. Because the characters I wanted to play only allowed me to save one gold, I decided that playing the No Surprises would be more important than denying him to gold, because him hitting Fat Cat or Robb was probably the only option to turn the tide. And I think I was right about that. In the Barring the Gates turn we forgot to check our handsize during the Taxation Phase. Neither James, me, nor the judges sitting at the table noticed it. Although the line of play (James playing Valar M, me playing Return to the fields) was crystal clear and I think I had no real advantage because of this, this is a mistake that shouldn´t have happened and I have to apologize for it. And to all who were asking themself, why I dind´t play the Fat Cat during the YWOYD turn and win in marshalling: after all those hours and so close to the goal, somehow I thought it would be saver to attack for Power with three times Renown and Claim 2 under the protection of Winterfell to seal the deal. For all who want to blame me for that: we can talk about it, after you play your 14th competitive game of GoT in 28 hours which is by the way the Final of Stahleck ;)
Lastly allow me a few words of gratitude.
I would like to thank my Bro Niki for building this deck and like always sharing it with me. Without you this would not have been possible, so this win is yours as much as it is mine. Big thanks to all my friends for their incredible support. All my opponents have been great and fair through the weekend, but I have to highlight JCWamma. It was an honour to play the final against him. And although he had all reason to be disappointed about his bad luck when it really mattered, he applauded for me. If anyone needs a lesson in sportsmanship and character I know the right man for that. And last but not least I would like to thank the whole team who makes the Stahleck experience possible and invests time and money to create this event for the game we all love. I hope the story continues for a long long time.
So this is it. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
See you round.
And don´t forget. Winter is coming...